CHARLESTON, S.C. – The College of Charleston softball team continued its outstanding community service initiative with a day spent honoring and cherishing the elderly at the Carter May Home in West Ashley.
The Cougars spent the afternoon visiting with the community’s senior citizens and gained the opportunity to hear their life experiences while sharing a few of their own.
This project was one of many the team will be involved with this year. The players have taken this initiative on their shoulders and are collaborating under their own leadership to continue the involvement effort.
This particular project was organized by the junior class and headed by infielder Blakeney Sitton (Tucson, Ariz.).
“We had a wonderful afternoon listening to the stories of the many wise citizens at the home,” said Sitton. “It was nice to be able to give back to a community that supports us in so many ways.”
In addition to exchanging stories, the players partook in an ice cream social and played ‘cornhole’ and other games with the residents.
“We got to meet some really cool people who have been through so many things in their lives,” said Maria Zavala, also a junior infielder. “Being able to put a smile on their faces was just the icing on the cake for an afternoon well spent.”
“This was truly a wonderful experience for our team,” said head coach Shelly Hoerner. “It was so much fun to just sit and chat with the elderly and see a different perspective from their eyes. They were so excited to tell us story after story. The smiles on their faces told a story of their own… happiness!
“I’m so proud of Blakeney for doing such a great job of this. She coordinated everything and it all ran smoothly. I’m proud of how she wanted to take this event and run with it.”
CofC is back on the field this weekend with the second installment of their fall scrimmage sessions. The Cougars host Spartanburg Methodist in a noon doubleheader at Patriots Point. Admission is free to the public.